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Death Of Ikoku Mechanic Court Orders Police To Produce Autopsy Report

Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has directed the Nigerian Police, Rivers State Command to make available the full report of the autopsy conducted on the late Ikoku mechanic, Chima Ikwunado, who died in the hands of the Eagle-crack team in Rivers State.

The suit was a fundamental right enforcement instituted by Elder Kevin Ikwunado on behalf of the Ikwunado family against the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Idris, Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, CP Mustaphar Dandaura and the Commander of Police Eagle-crack team, Benson Adehuji who are 1st,2nd and 3rd defendants in the matter.

When the matter came up for hearing last Thursday, February, 27, Justice Omotosho stepping down the matter ordered the respondents lawyer, Alabi Alabi Jonah to appear before him on the matter.

At the resumption of hearing, counsel for the Ikoku 5, Princess Chineyere Lawrence asked for leave of court to strike out the 5th, 6th and 7th defendants in the suit which the court obliged.

The Counsel also informed the court of the inability of the State Police command to release the full report of the autopsy carried out on the late Chima Ikwunado.

Alabi Jonah who appeared for the defendants, however pleaded with the court for understanding over his initial absence on the hearing, but requested for extended time to enable him get the necessary documents in the matter from the appropriate authorities.

In his ruling, Justice Omotosho directed that the autopsy report on the late mechanic be made available on the next sitting of the court, saying if by next adjournment the report was not presented they will be held responsible.

The judge also ordered that the hearing notice be sent to all the respondents on the next adjournment.

He fixed March 10, as the next hearing date.

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